Press 25.04.22

WHAT INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SECURED TO FILM IN AUSTRALIA?

Since the Australian Government’s introduction of the Location Incentive grant, Australia has secured 36 international film and television productions to film across Australia. These are listed below.

WHY ALL THE INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS?

The Location Incentive grant is a merit-assessed grant, where funding may be offered up to 13.5% of a project’s Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure. This grant complements and is in addition to, the Government’s existing 16.5% Location Offset tax rebate. 

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government topped up the Location Incentive grant with AU$400 million in July 2020, with the intent to attract more international production and a consistent pipeline of this type of large, high-value films and television series to Australia. This translates to thousands of jobs and supports the growth and innovation of the Australian film and television sector.

The Location Incentive grant total is AU$540 million for eligible projects commencing from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2027. Eligibility here.

To date, the Location Incentive has helped to attract 36 international productions to Australia. This has generated more than AU$3 billion+ in private investment and provided more than 22,500 employment opportunities for local cast and crew and over 45,400 extras. The Incentive has also created work for over 30,300 businesses which has provided support to these international productions. 

Find a full list of international productions attracted to Australia since 1999 in Ausfilm’s Filmography here.

Whilst Australia has handled the management of COVID-19 well, and case numbers are very low by world standards, the Location Incentive grant is the key driver in the significant increase in attracting offshore international production to Australia.

HOW AUSTRALIAN STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN SUPPORT PRODUCTION

Australian State Governments also play a vital role in helping to attract these productions by providing screen tax rebates or grants to eligible international film and television projects. Indeed this is part of the eligibility criteria when applying for the Location Incentive grant, that state government support must be secured before applying for the Location Incentive grant.

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS ATTRACTED TO AUSTRALIA SINCE JULY 2020

Screen New South Wales 

1. TV series – God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix)

2. TV series – Pieces of Her (Made Up Stories/Netflix)

3. Feature film – The Fall Guy (Universal Filmed Entertainment Group)

4. Feature film – Ten Pound Poms (Eleven Film/Stan/BBC)

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5. Feature film – Blacklight  (US Producer Mark Williams & Australia’s Lightstream Productions)

6. TV series – La Brea Season 1 (Matchbox Pictures, NBCUniversal, Universal Television)

7. Feature – Woody Woodpecker (Universal 1440 Entertainment)

8. TV series – La Brea Season 2 (Matchbox Pictures, NBCUniversal, Universal Television)

9. TV Series – Metropolis (Universal Studio Group/UCP/Apple TV)

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10. TV series – The Tourist (BBC One, Stan and Australian Producer Lisa Scott)

Screen Queensland

11. TV series – Australian Survivor Season 6 (Endemol Shine)

12. Feature film – Thirteen Lives (Imagine Entertainment)

13. Feature film –Spiderhead (Netflix)

14. TV series – Young Rock (Universal Television and Australian-based production company Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios)

15. TV series  – Joe vs Carole (Universal Content Productions & Matchbox Pictures)

16. TV series – Irreverent (NBCUniversal International Studios & Matchbox Pictures)

17. TV series – The Wilds Season 2 (Amazon Studios/ABC Signature part of Disney Television Studios)

18. Feature film – Ticket to Paradise (Working Title/Universal Pictures)

19. TV series – Nautilus (Disney+/Moonriver TV/Seven Stories)

20. TV series – Australian Survivor Season 7 (Endemol Shine)

21. TV series – Young Rock Season 2 (Universal Television & Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios)

22. Feature film – Godzilla vs Kong 2 (Legendary Entertainment)

23. Feature film – Wizards! (Plan B/See-Saw Films/A24)

24. Feature Film – Land of Bad (Highland Film Group, Volition Media Partners and Broken Open Pictures)

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS ATTRACTED TO AUSTRALIA WHEN THE LOCATION INCENTIVE GRANT WAS INTRODUCED – MAY 2018

Screen New South Wales 

  1. Feature film – Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)

2. Feature film – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios) 

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6. TV series – Clickbait (Matchbox Pictures/NBCUniversal/Netflix) directed and written by Australian Tony Ayres 

7. TV series – Shantaram (Paramount Television/AppleTV/Anonymous Content)

8. Feature film – The Rangers Apprentice (Dick Cook Studios)

9. The Alchemyst  (Dick Cook Studios) 

10. TV series – Preacher Season 4 (Sony TV/AMC)

Screen Queensland

3. Feature film – Love and Monsters (Paramount Pictures)

4. TV series – Reef Break Season 1 (ABC Network – America)

5. Feature film – Godzilla vs Kong (Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros.)